5 Ways to Make Travel Easier on Kids
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This past Saturday, our family of five embarked on a 600+ mile road trip to Williamsburg, VA. Virginia has been a favorite vacation spot for us for the past 15 years. My then boyfriend and I (Jared) first fell in love with the area when we were 18. From there, we made it a tradition to visit every year or two.
However we now have three little additions which makes things really fun, but sometime hectic.
Currently, we love staying at the Marriot Manor’s Club at Ford’s Colony. We rented an extra large Villa which features ample square footage and is like a medium sized apartment. There is a generous sized hot tub, king-sized bed, patio, full kitchen, living room, and a pull out couch for the kids. The property is always accommodating and goes above and beyond to provide excellence. When you have three kids, you need ample space to make the transition from a home to a vacation villa as smooth as possible.
There is just no way we could all fit into a standard hotel room which brings me to my post on 5 Ways to Make Travel Easier on Kids. I figured you all might need some tips or inspiration on how to make travel with kids a wee bit easier. You all know you want to avoid those meltdowns as much as possible. I have lived through them to help you possibly avoid them..haha!
5 Ways to Make Travel Easier on Kids
Allow kids to help pack their bags:
One of the most anticipated things my kids looked forward to while preparing for vacation was packing. At first my instinct was to pack when they were in school or bed. After realizing how much this task meant to them, I allowed them to pack their favorite pjs, clothing, and undergarments.
Of course I made sure things matched to some degree, but it is vacation after all. Long gone are ironed uniforms and special shoes. My kids loved to break out the flip flops and bathing suits.
Let them bring a light blanket and favorite toy:
Leaving your child’s favorite blankie, or toy at home is a recipe for disaster. I get that sometimes packing needs to be light, but sacrificing an extra outfit for a small blanket or doll will pay back ten fold when your child has some comfort from home.
Sleeping on hotel beds can be both fun, and stressful for kids who are use to their humble abode. That special teddy, blanket, or travel pillow can be soothing.
Pack those tablets and chargers:
Our drive to Virginia literally was suppose to take 9 1/2 hours but took closer to 11 due to traffic. Busy bags only go so far with kids. Having full charged tablets is a must so our kids can enjoy their favorite games like Minecraft on the road.
Speaking of tablets and internet- We are finally getting Fios in the Boston area which makes me really happy! We were use to just have one choice for internet, but is it nice that things are getting shaken up a bit!
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We are also Verizon Wireless customers and are loving the service we are receiving during our travels on our new Samsung Galaxy 8 Phones.
Other ways to make travel easier on kids includes:
Remember to bring their favorite snacks and keep them hydrated: For our long road trips, we rent a mini van from Enterprise Car Rental. They are typically so roomy and a must for our family of 5.
We keep snacks in the middle console for our children to eat every 3 hours. We also keep a small cooler in the back seat that is stocked with ice packs, water, and juice. For the hotel, we also bring a case of water and lots of snacks out kids love.
Keep some moderate schedule structure:
While bedtimes might be much later on vacation, it is crucial to still keep some sort of routine that your child is use to. Having them bathe, and then brush their teeth as they do at is a good idea. Our kids bathe, do their teeth, get a drink and are allowed to watch one hour of tv before the times shuts off. Having even a small amount of routine makes them feel more comfortable, and relaxed.
Lastly, allow kids to help plan the vacation. Our kids wanted to do Busch Gardens and Water Country USA so we did just that and are enjoying our time as a family.